‘We stick with our drivers’

Jost Capito has rubbished claims that Williams are making ready to dump out-of-form Nicholas Latifi and mentioned “we stick with our drivers.”

Hypothesis has been rising in regards to the Canadian’s future within the sport with some suggesting his dwelling race in Montreal could also be his final with highly-rated prospect Oscar Piastri able to step in and substitute him.

After routinely being outperformed by his team-mate George Russell final season, that pattern has continued into 2022 with new recruit Alex Albon at present with the ability to get extra out of the Williams automobile.

After eight rounds, Latifi resides in final within the Drivers’ Standings behind even Niko Hulkenberg who solely raced two Grands Prix following Sebastian Vettel’s absence with Covid initially of the season.

Regardless of this, Williams boss Capito has backed Latifi to proceed and mentioned he’s struggling to get comfy with the automobile.

“For Nicky it was undoubtedly a troublesome season to begin with, I feel he has not the boldness within the automobile like he had within the automobile final 12 months,” Capito informed media personnel in Montreal. “I feel we push him, we assist him to get the boldness.

“We tried to set the automobile that he feels assured, and we very a lot hope that particularly right here in Canada, he can get end result. It’s his first ever automobile race in Canada. So it’s essential for him that his complete household is right here to assist him, and he’ll get the total assist from us.

“We’ve bought contracts for this 12 months, and never simply the contract, we stick with our drivers, we assist our drivers and we’re satisfied that Nicky will discover the boldness within the automobile by way of the season and his outcomes will likely be higher.”

Williams want his outcomes to show round quickly if they’re to maneuver off the underside of the Constructors’ Standings. Forward of the Canadian Grand Prix, they’ve three factors, 12 fewer than the following nearest groups Haas and Aston Martin.

Capito mentioned the dearth of a mule automobile has been essential and it “hurts” not having the knowledge after they developed the automobile.

“I feel generally that hurts as a result of not having that data after we develop the automobile, then you definately may do one thing or miss one thing within the growth of the automobile and also you carry that by way of the entire season,” he mentioned.

“I wouldn’t say it’s rather a lot and we are able to’t outline what it’s, however for certain it doesn’t assist all season.”



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